Have the courage to make the complaint yourself

Acts Bible Background

07.24.2017 – New Testament: Acts 24.19–20

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 24 on July 24, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Someone has a complaint, but he does not say it to the person against whom he has the complaint. A customer has a complaint against the waitress, but the customers complains to the manager. A church member has a complaint against the preacher, but complains to the elders. People had complaints against Paul, but did not say the criticisms to him,

“They ought to have been here before you to object if they had anything against me. Or else let those who are here themselves say if they found any wrongdoing in me while I stood before the council…” (Acts 24.19–20). 

We find it easier to talk about someone behind his back rather than looking him in the eye and speaking kindly of our complaint, and when we do so, we often learn that there is more to the story, and that we did not have a proper view of that person.

Questions:

  • When you have a complaint about someone, do you talk to that person or someone else?
  • Do people with complaints against you talk directly to you?

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